BlackBerry returns: New ‘Mercury’ smartphone will launch at Mobile World Congress 2017

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BlackBerry is lining up a brand new smartphone to launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month.

Codenamed “Mercury”, the new flagship features a large rectangular screen and the company’s famous QWERTY keyboard underneath. If anything, it looks similar to the Priv device that launched towards the end of 2015 .

Select invitations were sent out to the media for a launch event on February 25 at MWC. The invitation included a GIF showing off the finished product.

What makes the announcement of a new phone remarkable is that it comes less than six months after BlackBerry announced it was done making phones .

This will be the last phone the Canadian company designs in-house. The actual manufacturing is being handled by the TCL Corporation, a Chinese electronics company that bought up the rights to the BlackBerry name.There’s very little information around about exactly what the Mercury will bring to the table.

According to reports, it’s believed to have a 4.5-inch Full HD display with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. It’ll charge via USB-C to a 3,400mAh battery.

It’s widely expected to run Google’s Android OS but what’s not clear at the moment is whether the security of the phone will be tweaked to BlackBerry’s high standards.